Lessons in Love from a Speed Date in Gurgaon

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Lessons in Love from a Speed Date in Gurgaon

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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f Eros, the Greek God of love, had turned up at Nando’s in Gurgaon’s Cyberhub this Saturday, the absurdity of the scene unfolding would’ve left him lovesick.

In front of us were ten tables set up in an unshapely circle, hosting men in their late to early twenties, chatting up women about the same age. Suddenly, a person with a name tag appeared, holding a phone showing eight minutes on the clock, and asked the girls to move to the next table. Before the shuffling though, the men and the women took the piece of paper provided by the phone-wielding gentleman to rate their experience: A simple yay or nay. They then shifted tables and sat down for another eight minutes of courtship, wondering if it would result in a happily ever after.

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